Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Peace and Joy

"We rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us."
~Romans 5:3-5

I have read this verse so many times and tried to make myself believe and "feel" what it is saying. But honestly suffering is hard. It's hard to "rejoice" in our sufferings. It's called suffering because it hurts! Who doesn't feel that way? I usually just end up focusing on hoping that someday I will feel this way and for now I'll just try to keep the not rejoicing in my suffering to a minimum!

Yesterday I had an appointment with my doctor to check out my ovaries (not so fun) and discuss a few other things. My ovaries are perfectly fine and don't have any cysts or anything else wrong with them. We also discussed other possible problems and basically came to the conclusion that there really aren't any definitive solutions for me. And therefore...just keep "trying" (aka keep having sex).

After the appointment I expected to feel upset or emotional or something negative. I was surprised, however, to leave the doctors office with my tear ducts in tact. Even after driving home and discussing it with Derek, I was still surprisingly dry eyed. All yesterday I felt on watch for any moment I assumed the emotions would attack (like they always do) and I'd fall apart...but they never did.

Then this morning I realized (for maybe the first time) that I think I am actually rejoicing in my suffering. I know that may sound crazy but I can honestly look back over the past 2 years and see such a growth in the power of God in my life that I wouldn't have had without this struggle and "suffering." It has been a long hard road, but one that I find I am actually grateful for. It has brought this verse to life for me and made me able to realize the immense truth behind it. God truly does comfort us. He truly does have the best in mind for us (even when we don't agree and can't imagine any hope of a good outcome). This "hope" I've realized is also not confined to hope for a circumstance here on earth or a simple hope of having a child someday. It is a much larger encompassing hope. It's hope in the fact that God is true, God is real, that God gives total comfort, and God is preparing an amazing eternity for us where there will be no tears or sadness.

I feel like I am realizing this hope for maybe the first time in my life. Or maybe re-realizing it in a new way. Either way, I am amazed by His goodness and glory of how He truly does work all things for the good of those who love him (Romans 8:28). It may not be the good we expect or even desire but it is GOOD. And it's the best good we can't even imagine when we're back at the starting line. Two years ago if you had asked me, "would you like to struggle with infertility and not get pregnant when you think it's the right time?" Of course I would have said, "HECK NO!!!"

But now being on this marathon of infertility, I can honestly say I am so thankful God put me here. If I had to redo the past 2 years and decide whether to walk this journey of infertility or get pregnant immediately - honestly I would chose the same path I've walked thus far of infertility. I have realized a strength that only God gives that I didn't know existed before in me. I have realized a humbleness that only God gives in me. I have realized a gentleness and a compassion that only God can give inside me. I have prayed to have these things in the past and never realized that God has been working them through this experience, but He has.

I know I am in no way close to the finish line or even anywhere near being completed, but I do know that God truly does have the best plan for us. And that as soon as we surrender to Him and let Him lead our lives, thoughts, actions, and ways - He will begin to change us in amazing ways we can't even imagine. And He will fill us with a peace and a joy that is even more unimaginable.

Now I'm not naive in thinking I'll never have another sad day regarding this situation but I do truly feel that God has brought me to a turning point where I am genuinely thankful for my infertility suffering. It has brought about a closeness with Him and a perspective on life that is completely worth every second of it. I am filled with a peace and joy that only comes from God.

"We rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us."
~Romans 5:3-5


  1. You're a great writer Lindey. I'm always engaged in your blogs and when it's over I totally "get" what you're feeling. As for the infertility, I agree with your doctors recommendation :) Praying for you guys.

  2. To my twinny and my partner in crime on the walk of infertility, faith, and life:

    Reading your post fills me with a joy and an admiration that I find hard to describe. I am in awe of you, to the point where I feel like my words will fall short to explain what I am feeling in reading this. But, I have to try...

    We may never understand why things happen the way that they do. But, occasionally, rarely, we are able to catch tiny glimpses of God's perfect plan for us. In these tiny moments, everything "clicks" into place. To me, this is the definition of grace...and to me, you are the personification of graceful.

    While I continue to pray on a daily basis that our obviously flawed plan will happen to (against the medical odds) miraculously coincide with God's perfect plan, I believe today, in this post, you have identified and experienced the greatest triumph of all - you have learned of your own strength, which as you said, can bring a peace and joy that only comes from God.

    I am truly blessed to know you. We say it all the time, including five minutes ago, but I would go through this all again with you, to come out on the other side holding your hand, as we take on the world side by side. You are an inspiration to me....DAILY. Today it is only made that much clearer, that you are everything towards which I aspire, and your peace and joy are worth truly rejoicing.

    I love you, now and always, and I am proud to call you my friend.

  3. That is such an awesome place to be, such peace when we trust in him...yes? :)

  4. I just wanted to tell you that even a whole month later, this blog still brought me incredible joy, to read again. I am so thankful to have you in my life. Your relationship with God is TRULY inspiring. I adore you!